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Alexander Roux sideboard brings $20,350 at Stevens


An exceptional walnut Victorian marble-top sideboard by Alexander Roux, made around 1860 and featuring game figures carved into the bottom doors and a boar's head in the crown, sold for $20,350 at a multi-estate sale held April 21 by Stevens Auction Company in Aberdeen, Mississippi.


[ClickPress, Thu May 03 2007] An exceptional walnut Victorian marble-top sideboard by Alexander Roux, made around 1860 and featuring game figures carved into the bottom doors and a boar's head in the crown, sold for $20,350 at a multi-estate sale held April 21 by Stevens Auction Company. The majestic piece measured 9 ft. tall by over 6 ft. wide. Prices quoted include a 10% buyer's premium.
The centerpiece of the auction comprised the contents of the Troy Plantation, located just west of Grenada, Miss. The Troy Plantation was the onetime home of James Knox Polk, the 11th president of the United States. Mr. Polk lived there from 1835-1849. It is still a working plantation, situated on about 850 acres of property. The sale also featured a prominent estate from Louisiana.
“This was a fine auction, packed with a lot of wonderful antique items,” said Dwight Stevens of Stevens Auction Company. “Over 500 lots changed hands. Considering it was tax season, I was pleased with the turnout and the results.” Absentee and phone bids poured in during the day, to complement an active on-site crowd. The sale was held in Stevens' showroom, at 609 N. Meridian St.
In other highlights:
Half and full tester beds did well, as they seem to do at all Stevens auctions. A rosewood Victorian half tester bed by P. Mallard (circa 1850), went for $18,700; while a mahogany Empire full tester plantation bed (circa 1840) gaveled for $8,800. From the same category (albeit much smaller), a gorgeous flamed mahogany Empire baby's cradle (39 in. long x 19 in. deep x 26 in. tall), reached $440.
Period furniture, another staple at Stevens estate auctions, also did well. A mahogany secretary, with a fitted interior and Greek ladies carved into the columns (circa 1890), made $4,620; a one-door rosewood wardrobe, with bird's eye maple interior and original finish (102” tall, circa 1875), garnered $3,850; and a flamed mahogany Empire Jackson press with claw feet (circa 1840), hit $1,320.
A stunning 5-piece Italian silver service, signed “Tutunzi, Roma” (circa 1900, 800 silver), wowed the crowd at $1,760; two cranberry lusters with enamel paint (circa 1870-1880, 14” tall), had chips and wear, but that didn't prevent them from fetching $880 the pair; and an original oil-on-canvas painting of a British officer, unsigned and still in its original gold frame, changed hands for $880.
Antique lighting pieces were in abundance and brought illuminating prices. A bronze Astral lamp, signed “Cornelius” and with its original Gothic shade (dated 1850, 27” tall), lit up the room for $1,375; a J.C. Webb (New York, N.Y.) Astral lamp, dated 1851 and never electrified (22” tall) went for $935; and a Victorian brass parlor lamp, signed Bradley & Hubbard (circa 1890), made just over $600.
A brass gasolier with original etched shades and prisms, original to the Troy Plantation and made around 1860, found a new owner for $770; an Old Victorian brass gasolier with rams' heads, also original to the Troy Plantation and crafted circa 1880, brought $715; and an old porcelain decorative piece, depicting children playing “ring around the rosie” (circa 1900), found a new owner for $467.
Stevens Auction Company's next big sale will be an on-site estate auction, to be held Saturday, May 19th, beginning at 9 am. Stevens has been commissioned to auction the contents of the antique store and home belonging to Ms. Sandra Pickett, at 129 Jack Pearson Road, in Louisville, Mississippi. The address is located about three miles east of downtown Louisville.
Due to failing health in recent years, Ms. Pickett has decided to sell an extraordinary antiques collection that includes furniture, glassware and other collectibles. Her antique shop has been closed for over two years. All the items from there and from her private collection will be offered. The sale will be held rain or shine, under giant tents provided by Stevens Auction Company.
Then, on Saturday, June 16th, beginning at 10 am, Stevens will conduct yet another on-site estate auction, this one comprising the house and contents of Mr. And Mrs. Albert L. Chambers, at 3910 Old Canton Road in Jackson, Mississippi. The sale will feature beautiful Victorian furniture, glassware, porcelain and more. Many items may be viewed on the website, www.stevensauction.com.
Stevens Auction Company reports that the restoration and renovation of the Adams-French Mansion is progressing beautifully. The majestic antebellum structure served as a venue for many of Stevens Auction's high-profile sales before a fire gutted much of the interior in June 2006. Since then, the building has undergone a meticulous restoration, one that should be completed this summer.
“The mansion will be grander and greater than ever,” Mr. Stevens predicted, “with its original floor plan, spiraling staircase and extraordinary interior refurbishment. A grand re-opening will follow its completion.” But Mr. Stevens said the facility might not be used as an auction site again, hinting it may re-open as a bed and breakfast. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Mr. Stevens was instrumental in launching a new non-profit organization in town called Save Aberdeen Landmark Group, Inc. The organization exists “to restore and refurbish buildings and landmarks in Historic Downtown Aberdeen, as well as prominent historic buildings in the surrounding area,” Mr. Stevens said. “It's important that we save our historic buildings from demolition by neglect.”
For more information about the upcoming May 19 and June 16 on-site estate sales, or to learn more about Stevens Auction Company, you may visit the firm online at www.stevensauction.com. To consign a quality item, estate or collection, you may call them directly at (662) 369-2200. The e-mail address is stevens@intop.net.

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